Society / The Seen

Houston’s Oldest Hotel Celebrates its Post Harvey Rebirth With an Art Party for the Ages

Dallas Collector Behind the Hotel Brings Out the Texas Art Stars

BY Matthew Ramirez & Catherine D. Anspon // 10.30.19
photography Dave Rossman

The Lancaster Hotel — Houston’s oldest operating hotel and a pedigreed Theater District destination going back to the 1920s — marked the first anniversary of its post-Harvey rebirth as a Texas art hotel in classic style. The hotel group’s principal partner, Dallas-based artist/collector/patron Jay Shinn of Magnolia Lodging, hosted the evening, which toasted 30 talents (of the more than 100 artists total on view) whose works grace the Lancaster’s lobby, restaurant and rooms.

Catered by the hotel’s signature dining destination Cultivated F+B, the cocktail bash – informed by clever touches such as light bites served on painters’ palettes – brought together artists and their gallerists from Dallas and Houston to showcase and toast the hotel collection curated by Shinn.

(See Shinn and partner Tim Hurst’s own art holdings in their Dallas high-rise here.)

The night wrapped with an art tour personally led by Shinn, whose own light-based work is a touchstone of the collection.

PC Seen: Houston art stars Terrell James, Allison Hunter, Ann Stautberg and Frank X. Tolbert 2, and Randy Twaddle with Rebekah Johnson; Glasstire publisher Brandon Zech; Bill McDugald; Cliff Helmcamp and Jerry Jeanmard; Dallas talents including the Whitney Biennial-exhibited Annette Lawrence, Ellen Frances Tuchman, power couple Frances Bagley and Tom Orr, Linnea Glatt, Rusty Scruby, Lucas Martell, Julie England, man of metal Jim Cinquemani, and Tommy Fitzpatrick with wife Lauren Riojas Fitzpatrick; Dallas gallerists Barry Whistler, Cris Worley, Holly Johnson, Jordan Roth, and Susan Roth Romans; also in from Dallas, Shinn’s partner and dedicated collector and art supporter Tim Hurst, hotel designer David Cadwallader, and The MAC director Rachel Rogerson; and Houston museum types including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston curator of modern and contemporary art Alison de Lima Greene and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston interim director Christina Brungardt.

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